Welcome to Design Technology & Engineering Teaching Resources

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By Michael Oyebode BSc (Hons) PGCE MSET

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In the spirit of the Society for Education and Training’s professional standard on collaboration this website was set up to share ideas with other teachers and educators in the design technology and engineering subject field.




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About the author:

Michael Oyebode BSc (Hons) PGCE MSETMichael Oyebode, or Mr Oyebode to his students, qualified as a Teacher of Design Technology and Engineering in July 2015 at the University of Huddersfield.

Michael’s subject knowledge was initially obtained on his bachelors degree back in 2003 having studied BSc (Hons) in Engineering Product Design at London South Bank University. He keeps up to date with current subject knowledge by personal research and study. He is also a member of a number of organisations including the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and The Design and Technology Association.

Michael used to be a web designer and digital marketer for over 10 years before he trained as a Teacher. He’s passionate about design, technology and gadgets. He also has a particular interest in automotive design and engineering.

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DT & Engineering Blog: Differences between Primary and Secondary Behaviour

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Primary behaviour is the behaviour you want a student to stop, e.g. Sally talking to Harry when you’re addressing the class. The secondary behaviour is the defensive response you get when you challenge the primary behaviour: “I was only helping Harry with his work. You’re always picking on me.”

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Secondary behaviour will often include a lot of huffing and puffing, eye rolling and defiant body language. It’s either defensiveness or retaliation or a mixture of both. If you let it, it can wind you up more than the primary behaviour. Not only that, but it will distract you from the reason you’re talking to the student in the first place: to deal with the primary behaviour.

So, if the secondary behaviour is sufficiently low level (and it normally is), don’t react. Instead, acknowledge the student’s view and then calmly redirect the student to the desired behaviour:

“Sally, it may well be that you were helping Harry, but now I want you to turn around and give me all your attention. Thank you.”


Thanks to BehaviourBuddy – http://www.behaviourbuddy.co.uk

DT & Engineering Blog: Glance Smart Wall Clock

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Glance Clock is the world’s first smart clock to display information from all your wearables, smart home devices and web services.



Glance Clock requests and receives data from the Glance Cloud. Using 3rd party integrations the cloud gets data and triggers to analyze them by machine learning algorithms. These algorithms recognize patterns and process incoming data streams according to those patterns. This allows the Glance Clock to determine what data to display, and when to display it for each individual person.


Using our free Mobile App (iOS and Android), users can set up integrations with 3rd party services. The App allows the user to choose and customize the way data will be displayed. See the list of available integrations in the App accompanying numerous visual options and sound effects for displaying data and sending notifications to the user. Our free App provides a BLE connection with the Glance Clock triggering a display by the proximity of the user.


The Glance Clock looks like a normal contemporary clock with mechanical hands. It displays data sent from the cloud via the mobile app, and always shows the current time. The Glance Clock has Bluetooth radio to communicate and receive data from the cloud. It has a color-LED backlit display and an array of white LEDs to display text data. Data can be displayed in three basic ways: whole screen blinking, displaying colored arcs, and displaying segments. With possible combinations of all three.

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DT & Engineering Blog: OnePlus 3 Smartphone – Durability Test #VIDEO


The OnePlus 3 features a new metal back design, similar to that of an HTC M9 or later, with anodised aluminium and curved edges. The device is available in two colours, Graphite (black/grey) and Soft Gold (white/gold, available soon globally). Additionally, users can purchase protective covers in Kevlar or black apricot wood,bamboo, rosewood, and sandstone which takes care of the camera hump and evens it with the phone.

The device is slightly smaller than its predecessor, the OnePlus 2. It’s 2.5mm thinner, 0.9mm shorter, and 0.2mm narrower, but still has the same screen size, at 5.5in (139.7mm) across diagonally. The display is still 1920x1080p, comparable to that of the previous two models, but the 3 is the first flagship OnePlus to have an optic AMOLED display. As is typical for most smartphones, the OnePlus 3 features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.


Putting the OfSTED Framework to good use.

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An awesome and useful article on the OfSTED framework…


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Recently we ran a useful OfSTED planning session with my SLT and some key governors to prepare the ground for next year.  We’re hugely likely to be inspected and we thought that, with new governors and refreshed SLT, it was time to revisit the framework together.  I take pride in our stance on OfSTED – which is to take it seriously but keep it very low key. We’re explicitly not an OfSTED-driven school; I never ever refer to OfSTED in messages to staff because anything we need to do, we should be doing  anyway:  a) because we believe in it and/or b) because it simply has to be done to raise standards in the school;  not merely to satisfy external accountability pressure.  That said, OfSTED is there to be dealt with and I want my leaders to be able to take it in their stride without passing on the stress…

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Technology for Learning Mathematics

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Useful article on Technology for Learning…

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Download PowerPoint Learning with Technology in the Mathematics Classroom
or pdf version: Learning with Technology in the Mathematics Classroom

This slideshow looks at resources for various elements of lesson planning such as beginnings and endings, questions, activities and using resources that students can use themselves to support their studies. The slides link to further information. On the subject of slides, I must mention Slideshare; all the slideshows you see on this site have been uploaded to Slideshare so they can then easily be shared with the world! It is, quite rightly in Jane Hart’s top 100 tools for learning.

I want my students to develop independent learning skills; one aspect of being an independent learner is being able to make informed choices and taking responsibility for one’s own learning activities. I believe that using resources in the classroom students can then choose to use at home to support their studies…

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Design Technology Resources: Moral, social and cultural issues in Design Technology

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Students to evaluate how built-in obsolescence in new products has led for a ‘throwaway’ culture.

Students to investigate offshore manufacture of mass-produced products in developing countries by multinational companies.

Students to investigate how tolerance of different cultures to avoid offence influences the designing and manufacturing of products.

Resources include full detailed lesson, with videos and engaging activities.

Download Full Resource here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/moral-social-and-cultural-issues-in-design-technology-11317697

Download PDF copy of resource here: Moral, social and cultural issues in DT

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